Huawei Honor 5A: Announce

Huawei Announces The Honor 5A

Today Huawei announced a new member to the Honor 5 series, the Honor 5A, which brings a number of upgrades to the Honor 4A it replaces. The 5A comes with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, which includes a 64-bit octa-core CPU based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 cores and Adreno 405 GPU built on the 28nm LP node, for the model specific to China Netcom, or a HiSilicon Kirin 620 SoC, which also includes an A53-based octa-core CPU and ARM’s Mali-450MP4 GPU built on a 28nm process. All versions include 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, just like the Honor 4A and 5X, and 16GB of internal storage that’s expandable with a microSD card.

Huawei Announces The Honor 5A

Screen size increases from 5-inches on the Honor 4A to 5.5-inches for the 5A, but the resolution for the IPS LCD panel remains at 720p, giving the 5A a pixel density of 267ppi. The upgraded hardware in the 5A is actually very similar now to the previously announced Honor 5X that we looked at previously this year. One important distinction between the two is display resolution: The Honor 5X’s 5.5-inch display has a higher 1080p resolution.

Honor 5 Series Honor 5AHonor 5CHonor 5XSoC

CAM-AL00 (China Netcom)Qualcomm Snapdragon 617

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
Adreno 405Hisilicon Kirin 650

4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.7GHz
ARM Mali-T830MP2Qualcomm Snapdragon 616

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
Adreno 405HiSilicon Kirin 620

8x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz
+ microSD16GB
+ microSD16GB
+ microSDDisplay5.5-inch 1280×720 IPS LCD5.2-inch 1920×1080 IPS LCD5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS LCDDimensions154.3 x 77.1 x 8.45 mm
168 grams147.1 x 73.8 x 8.30 mm
156 grams151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm
158 gramsModem

CAM-AL00 (China Netcom)Qualcomm X8 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 7)HiSilicon Balong (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6)Qualcomm X5 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)HiSilicon Balong (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)SIM SizeMicroSIMNanoSIMMicroSIMFront Camera8MP8MP, f/2.05MP, 1/4″ OmniVision OV5648, 1.4µm pixels, f/2.4Rear Camera13MP, Sony, f/2.0, AF, HDR, LED flash13MP, f/2.0, AF, HDR, LED flash13MP, 1/3.06″ Sony IMX214 Exmor RS, 1.12µm pixels, f/2.0, AF, LED flashBattery3100 mAh
non-removable3000 mAh3000 mAh
non-removableConnectivity802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz only), BT 4.0, GPS/GNSS, microUSB 2.0802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz only), BT 4.1, GPS/GNSS, microUSB 2.0802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz only), BT 4.1, GPS/GNSS, microUSB 2.0Launch OSAndroid 6 with EMUI 4.1Android 6 with EMUI 4.1Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1

Both the front and rear cameras also receive significant upgrades. The rear camera increases from 8MP on the 4A to 13MP. It’s not clear if the Honor 5A is using the same 13MP Sony IMX214 Exmor RS sensor that the Honor 5X uses, however. Sitting atop the rear camera is a 5-element, 28mm wide-angle lens array with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera sees a sizeable increase in resolution too, jumping to 8MP from the 4A’s rather low 2MP.

Because the Honor series targets cost-sensitive consumers, some features need to be sacrificed. The Honor 5A does not include a fingerprint sensor or NFC support, for instance. It also does not support 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Overall the Honor 5A is a significant upgrade over the 4A, with specs that rival the Honor 5X. Moving to an octa-core CPU with a max frequency of either 1.5GHz or 1.2GHz should yield a small uptick in performance over the 4A’s quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC, and the significantly larger 3100mAh battery should noticeably extend battery life beyond what the 4A’s 2200mAh battery provides. Whether the larger display is an improvement is a matter of personal taste, but the regression in pixel density is unfortunate.

Huawei Announces The Honor 5A

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The Honor 5A is available in six colors, including white, black, blue, pink, yellow, and gold. It will be available for purchase in China this summer for a price of ¥ 699 (USD $106).


10 thoughts on “Huawei Honor 5A: Announce

  1. China Netcom? China Netcom no longer exists, they merged with China Unicom. There are 3 major telecoms in (Mainland) China, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.

  2. Huawei announces phones… that you can't buy anywhere.

  3. It is much much weakerShould be weaker than the Adreno 405So less than half as powerful as the Adreno 418

  4. Agreed about the 808. Snapdragon 650 continues the trend with 4x A53 + 2x A72, though with a weaker GPU and built on 28nm.

  5. In the same price range there are plenty of quad A7/A53 so it's still better than them.I did like the 4xA53 + 2xA57 of the S808, it lasted longer than the s801.

  6. Another phone with 8 A53s, I guess marketing still matters more than actual performance. I'd take 2 A53s and one A72 over that garbage any day.

  7. A review for the 5C would be interesting, just to see how the Kirin 650 on 16ff does.

  8. Weird to compare it with the 5x.You either look at the entire 5 series with the 5C leading (Kirin 650, 1080p) or you compare it with the 4 series.

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